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Victim Support has begun making emergency payments to Christchurch Mosque victims and families with money generously donated from the public, in addition to funds available through the Ministry of Justice’s Victim Assistance Scheme administered by Victim Support. Victim Support encourages the families of the deceased,......

Victim Support has now received over $6 million through its online Givealittle campaign, launched in support of victims affected by Friday’s shootings in Christchurch.   “This is an unprecedented fundraising response to an unprecedented tragedy in New Zealand and we thank everybody who has donated,” said Victim......

Firstly,  thank you to everyone who contacted us to ask questions about our Christchurch Shooting Victims’ Fund. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of New Zealanders and the world and thank everyone who has given so far. To help answer some of your questions......

Thank you to everyone who contacted us to ask questions about our Christchurch Shooting Victims’ Fund. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of New Zealanders and the world and thank everyone who has given so far. We’ve updated our Givealittle page to provide as......

Losing a loved one is extremely difficult in any circumstance, but loss to suicide brings complex emotions, trauma, and risks which require specialised support. “When we get a referral, we are able to activate support for whanau quickly and ascertain their support needs”, says Kiri,......

Aroha tragically lost her daughter Jacinta to suicide in 2015. Aroha’s words reflect the truly terrible impact a suicide has. Thank you Aroha for sharing your story with us. My contact with Victim Support has not stopped and it has been 44 months since my......

At the end of 2018, Victim Support was proud to launch a new pilot programme to enable volunteer support workers to register with Victim Support to work solely with those affected by suicide. The programme makes it easier for people with the right skills to get involved......

The majority of serious crime victims lack faith in the justice system and feel justice was not served in their case, according to new research released by Victim Support. Victim Support released preliminary findings from the study at the two-day Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata Safe......

In this autumn edition of Voice, we look at support after suicide. Victim Support’s quality service and 24/7, nationwide availability is critical to the safety and wellbeing of those affected by suicide. That’s why all our Support Workers must complete suicide bereavement training to qualify......

Victim Support is delighted to announce the winners of our 2018 National Lottery. Congratulations to Louise Mathys of New Plymouth who took away the Honda HR-V S Grand Prize! The full list of winning tickets are as follows: 1st prize (Honda HR-V S) Ticket #:......

In this summer edition of Voice, we look at getting through family violence. Family violence in Aotearoa can affect anyone. It affects people from all communities, cultures, genders, religions, and ages. In this edition we look at the impact Victim Support can have, helping families......

Two organisations that support road crash victims say they’re disappointed a plan to test for drug driving has been scrapped and denied the chance for a public debate. Victim Support and Brake, the road safety charity, are calling on the Government to urgently develop an......

While New Zealand’s homicide rate is falling, too many families are still facing the trauma of homicide, says Victim Support Chief Executive Kevin Tso. New Zealand Police released figures today showing the provisional number of homicides for 2017 was 48 – the lowest in 40......

In this spring edition of Voice, we look at Homicide. Sadly, for an average of around 70 families a year, their world is suddenly rocked with their loved one dying by homicide. While losing a loved one is never easy, a homicide brings another layer......

Suicide has many hidden impacts, particularly for those it leaves behind. Every loss sends a ripple of grief and shock through a family, school or workplace, and community. That’s why Victim Support’s trained volunteers provide practical help and emotional support for over 3000 people a year affected......

Bereaved friends, witnesses, and families are the forgotten victims behind New Zealand’s increasing suicide rate, says Victim Support. Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall today released the annual provisional suicide statistics, showing 668 people died by suicide in New Zealand in the 2017/18 year.  The suicide......

Victims’ needs must be at the heart of any reforms to criminal justice system, says Victim Support Acting Chief Executive Karen McLeay following this week’s justice summit. Ms McLeay said Victim Support welcomed the opportunity to participate in the summit, which sparked a much-needed debate......

The Winter edition of our Voice newsletter is now available. In this edition we acknowledge National Volunteer Week with a story about a very special Volunteer Support Worker, Donna Knoef, as well as giving voice to those directly impacted by crime, sharing the true stories of four......

Victim Support is congratulating the Government and Auckland City Council for upping the ante on Auckland’s road safety. “After five consecutive years of rapid growth in deaths and serious injuries on Auckland roads, the 2018 ATAP finally offers credible steps to begin turning around Auckland’s......

Victim Support is welcoming the Government’s new Draft Policy Statement on Land Transport as an opportunity to enhance safety on our roads, and encouraging the Government to set specific targets to improve safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Victim Support is......

The autumn edition of our Voice newsletter is now available. In this edition we take a look at the impact of burglary and robbery on our lives. Such incidents can have a huge impact on our lives, be it our home or our place of......